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  • Locations: Camerino, Italy; Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Field Station Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Area of Study: Earth Science, Geology Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Geology Field Camp

Italy, Summer 2018

Geology Field Camp
In collaboration with the University of Camerino, Mason is offering a five-week intensive field program designed as a capstone course for upper-division geology majors. The focus of this course will be on traditional bedrock mapping, while also introducing students to applied topics such as geologic hazards, engineering geology and clastic sedimentary systems. The skills learned at field camp will provide students with the basic training essential to begin a career as a field scientist for private sector industry or moving towards graduate student research. Emphasis will be placed on training students to build their skills in geologic description and hypothesis testing in the field. Students will learn to confidently collect data in the field, interpret geologic problems, create geologic maps, and write a scientific report.

Program Highlights

  • Learn to collect data confidently in the field and create geologic maps and write a professional report.
  • Interpret field data to solve geological problems.
  • Focus on traditional bedrock mapping. Also applied topics: geologic hazards, engineering geology,  and clastic sedimentary systems.


6 credits



This program is open to geology and earth science majors including those who do not attend George Mason University. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply, with space provided in priority to Mason students. This course is intended for junior and senior level students.

Prerequisite Courses:
  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentology and/or Stratigraphy
  • Geomorphology
  • Structural geologySee the application checklist below under Links and Resources.

Course Options

  • Geology (GEOL) 404: Geological Field Techniques

Program Dates*

May 30 - July 6, 2018


Day 1    Students arrive in Rome; group transit to Camporotondo
Day 2 Orientation Day and Intro Seminar
Day 3-7 Project 1: Intro to Appenine Geology
Day 8 Free Day
Day 9-11 Project 2: Clastic Sedimentary Systems
Day 12 Free Day
Day 13-18 Project 3: Geologic Mapping at Lago di Fiastra
Day 19 Free day
Day 20-21 Project 4: K/T boundary
Day 22-25 Project 5: Seismotectonics and Active Fault Mapping
Day 26 Free day
Day 27-30 Project 6: Landslide Mapping and Risk Assessment
Day 31 Free Day
Day 32 Travel Day to Rome
Day 33-37 Project 7: Volcanic and Plutonic processes and deposits
Day 38 Students depart Naples; program ends

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2018: $4,500

Included: Tuition for 6 credits,  accommodations, local transportation, most meals in Camerino (6 days a week), Breakfast in Rome and Naples, Airport Transfer from Rome to Camerino, local transportation to Field Sites, most field equipment, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, lunches and dinners in Rome and Naples, some meals (on free days, kitchen facilities open on site), immunization (tetanus shot), personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Links and Resources

Application Checklist Geology Field Camp Summer 2018.pdf

Academic Director

  Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti Randolph McBride  
Name Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti Randolph McBride Alan Pitts (Field Camp Coordinator)
Phone 703-993-9269 703-993-1642  

GEO Program Officer

  Laura Scobey
Name Laura Scobey
Phone 703-993-2106

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.